Drowning, near-drowning, and pool-related injuries are an all-too-common occurrence in Atlanta and all around Georgia. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a pool, we encourage you to call our child injury law firm for a free consultation.
A swimming pool accident or drowning may be the result of negligence by a homeowner, corporation, apartment complex, park, or private club. If a friend or loved one has experienced any injury or death as a result of the use of a pool, we encourage you to contact our Atlanta swimming pool accident law firm.
Drowning is the second leading cause of death in kids, until the age of 15. In fact, the CDC reports that from 2005-2014, there were more than 3,500 drownings, each year. Of those victims, approximately 20% were children under 14 years old. In addition, each year many children suffer hypoxic injuries (lack of oxygen), broken bones, spine injuries, paralysis, and other orthopedic injuries as a result of swimming pool related negligence.
There are many things that homeowners, corporations, apartment complexes, and private clubs can do to create a safe swimming environment. Among such efforts are: proper lifeguard training, adequate lifeguard staffing, safe fence structures and pool covers, appropriate latches and locks on pool gates, safe covers over pool filters, and proper treatment of the water to avoid cloudy conditions and lack of visibility.
Unfortunately, many pool owners fail to take the necessary steps. Our Atlanta-based swimming pool injury law firm has reviewed cases resulting from swimming pool accident conditions such as:
* Negligent securing of the pool area: broken gates, locks, and fences
* Discolored or cloudy water, often leading to jumping or diving injuries
* Improper supervision by parents, facility staff, or lifeguards
* Inadequate safety fencing around the pool or around the property
* Absent policies and procedures regarding pool use
* Missing safety equipment, such as throwing ropes and hooks
* No depth indicators
* Lifeguard negligence and staffing issues
* Non-working swimming pool lights
* Overcrowded swimming pools
* Pool drain entrapment
* Improper or missing warning signs
* Broken swimming pool or spa/hot tub drain covers
Swimming Pool Injuries and Drowning on Commercial Properties, Apartments, Hotels, Motels, Parks, and Private Clubs
Drowning at apartments, hotels, motels, clubs, and water parks occur frequently. Children may be more susceptible to drown in places where it is easy to gain access due to defective gates or fences and where there are inadequate numbers of lifeguards or no lifeguard present. When a swimming pool is easily accessible, small children may be able to get into the pool area without supervision, leading to serious injury or death. Often, commercial establishments enjoy the profits generated by the pool in the form of entry fees, concessions, etc., but they fail to provide the required safety mechanisms.
Safety Tips For Swimming With Children
Parents and responsible adults can increase the chance for safe use of pools and spas by following the below listed safety tips:
• Pools should have an adult “Water Watcher”
• Safety Equipment – Make sure life that preservers are available, fences are properly placed and maintained, and drain covers are present on all drains.
• Stay Off Cell Phones and Other Digital Distractions – There are countless studies which prove that the actual time one spends looking at a screen of a phone or the like is actually far longer than the time the user thinks he or she is looking. In other words, one might believe that his or her eyes are off of the water for ‘only’ one minute, but it is often a far longer time period. The best practice is to leave cell phones and other distractions outside of arm’s reach so that the responsible party is not tempted to use the phone, laptop, etc. while kids are in the pool.
• Remain Close To The Water – When a child is in, or even near, water make sure that a responsible adult is nearby. No child should be allowed to swim alone, even if he or she is a great swimmer. The risks are simply too great and everyone should have a “swim buddy” or someone else watching the water.
• Water Safety Teaching – Any child allowed near a pool should have substantial swimming skills or, at least, be able to safety get to the pool’s edge, if needed.
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Kids and Bicycle Accidents
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Children and Dog Bites / Attacks
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Day Care Negligence
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Drowning Accident and Swimming Pool Injury
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A swimming pool accident or drowning may be the result of negligence by a homeowner, corporation, apartment complex, park, or private club. If a friend or loved one has experienced any injury or death as a result of the use of a pool, we encourage you to call our Atlanta swimming pool accident law firm.Read More
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Traumatic Brain Injuries
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Closed Head Injuries / Concussions
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